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The Amateur (1981)

A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his ... See full summary »

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Charles Heller
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Professor Lakos
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Elisabeth
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Brewer
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Schraeger
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Rutledge
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Molton
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Anderson
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Botaro
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Rodzenko
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Argus
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Gretchen
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Sarah
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A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's death. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In a world of professional assassins, there's no room for an amateur. See more »

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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L'homme de Prague  »

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CAD 10,600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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One of two spy films that director Charles Jarrott made in 1981. The other was Condorman (1981). See more »

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Kaplan: I lost my first wife, my first family. Two beautiful little girls. In the war, in the camps. I thought for a long time the loss would kill me but, I survived.
Charles Heller: How?
Kaplan: By creating a ritual to keep me alive. To survive the death of people close to you, you need a ritual. A ritual for revenge is what I made. I thought about it and planned it every waking moment. When I got out I spent three years tracking down the doctor who sent them to the camps.
Charles Heller: Did you fing him?
Kaplan: I found him, yes.
Charles Heller: What did... what...
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James Bond it's not
1 August 2003 | by (Arnold, Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I found The Amateur to be thoroughly entertaining for the very reason some viewers may not like it. This is not a slick, gadget laden action flick. The hero is a very human, run of the mill intelligence analyst (not a super spy) whose determined to avenge the death of his love interest by terrorists. Truth be told, I think this is much closer to reality than most movies of this genre. If this film were released on video I believe it could easily become a cult classic. I would certainly buy it on DVD or video if it were available. Oh and by the way, even though it's not James Bond it does have some pretty interesting action sequences.


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